Sunday, December 14, 2014

Vander's Big Bed Move

We are about three months away from having another baby join our family! This clearly brings big changes for everyone in our family, especially Vander.

One change we decided to implement sooner rather than later was moving Vander into a big bed.

Baby Otley #2 will be using the same crib Vander was in since we didn't want to buy a new crib when we figured Vander wasn't going to be in it too much longer anyways. We wanted to move Vander before his little brother comes so that he is comfortable in his new bed and the change is completely separate from his brother's arrival.

We only kept Vander in our room for about a month when he was born and expect to do about the same this time so that doesn't give us a whole lot of time to transition Vander after the baby is born, so we knew we had to do it before. Unfortunately I am really busy with work January until my maternity leave and I didn't want to leave Dylan to a new bedtime routine on his own or have to deal with losing any sleep, so we decided December would be best.

The next decision was what kind of bed. There are a ton of pros and cons to a toddler bed, twin bed or full/queen bed. In the end we went with a full bed since Vander has pretty consistently been in the 90%+ for his height. We figured that was most cost effective too since we will likely put Vander and his little brother in a full size bunk bed at some point. Since his bedroom is plenty big enough for a full bed we didn't have any concerns there.

We also decided to put his mattress directly on the floor for a while. This way we didn't have to worry about him falling out (not that he was ever at the edge of his crib before). Since he sleeps on a mattress on the floor for nap time at daycare we figured he would be a little bit more comfortable with this anyways.

Based on other needs beside the new bed we started doing more of a bedtime routine the last couple months and the last couple weeks this included putting his crib mattress on the floor for him to get the idea that he can lay down on the the mattress on the floor.

We brought the mattress home almost two weeks ago and let him check it out while he slept in his crib for one more night. He was clearly very excited:



The next night we moved his crib out and set up the mattress. (It is not set up in the corner due to the air vent being right under the window. Once he uses a frame the bed will go in the corner.) We did our usual routine and gave him his his and kisses and asked him to stay in bed.

We had bought a door lock for his door but it didn't fit with the handle so we just hoped he wouldn't be able to open his door (which is a little harder to open than most of our handles). He spent five minutes the first night trying to get out and crying, and right when I was about to go get him he decided to quietly play with his toys and books and then go to sleep.



(Note: the yellow table in the corner has since been removed...)

The second night was a little off since he had mostly fallen asleep in the car, so then he actually cuddled with me (he is a snuggler but not for actual going to sleep, which I wish he would just let me snuggle him to sleep! Although in the long run this is probably for the best). When I left him he tried he door again and was crying for two minutes and feel asleep.

Then we had his first nap the next day and he tried the door once, then played for a bit, took a good nap, and played on his own for a bit after his nap too.

Since then he is just sad when we leave, but he basically stays in his bed and chats to himself while he goes to sleep or maybe plays around a bit.

I have been pleasantly surprised at how well it has gone! He has been sleeping great in his bed and loves playing on it. Dylan and I like getting to all snuggle up for reading before bed.

We aren't sure when we will put the bed up on a frame, but he seems to like the easy access for now.
So even though pregnant mom would prefer to not get on the floor, we will likely leave the bed on the floor for a good while since we have no other reason to put it up at the moment.

Even though I find my self getting teary eyed about Vander getting so big, this was one change I was ready and excited for!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Pregnancy 2.0: 23-24 Weeks


In one day I went from mentioning to Dylan that I didn't feel overly pregnant and felt like I hadn't grown much in the last couple days to that evening I started having issues bending over and felt totally huge.

Since everyone on my dad's side of the family was going to be out of town this year we did an extra thanksgiving the weekend before. I got some practice with two babies!

I had a conference and a lot of timing sitting in the car driving up to Billings for thanksgiving, so I got to feel a lot of baby kicks!

It was nice to have a short week at work week and then getting to spend time with my family up in Billings! Having six adults entertain Vander was definitely helpful for me and super fun for Vander. He fell asleep right away every night.

It was really cold, but it wasn't a big deal since we didn't really ever have to go anywhere. That meant we got a lot of snuggle time in!

My pregnancy brain has been pretty bad this whole time, but it has gotten significantly worse these last couple weeks. I feel like I try to save my brain power for work so by the time I get home my logical reasoning and general grammar skills are pretty weak. Dylan is generally amused by this, but there are definitely times it is frustrating when I can't tell him what I am thinking since I literally cannot find the words!

I also had my 24 week doctors appointment. I am up about 23 pounds total (so clearly I am not going for the 25 pounds of the general 25-35 pound weight gain, but I gained 45 with Vander so I am not too worried!). Everything is right on track with the babies heart rate right around 144 and my uterus was measuring right.

The above mentioned pregnancy brain was in full swing at my doctor's appointment. Every time I have a doctor appointment I pee in a cup. This time I take the cup and set it down next to me and realize after I pee that I didn't pee in the darn cup! Full bladder plus pregnancy brain to not add up well!

We also made progress in preparing for this next little guy! We picked our nursery theme! We are going with a space theme. I ordered a little bedding set and just have to decide if we want more rockets or more planets for decor.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Pregnancy 2.0: Week 22


I decided to not write a post for week 21, since not a lot was going on besides the gender reveal!

I must keep reiterating that it is so nice knowing what we are having! I would never be able to wait another 20 weeks, so I promise you all will always know what we are having as soon as we know!

We are so excited about having two little boys. We keep talking about how we think that will go. We always have different thoughts on different aspects of the future. One of the big ones this week was that Vander will always be cleaning up after his little brother, because you know little siblings are always messy... (Love you Goose!). 

Dylan and I also talked about his perspective on this pregnancy versus last time. He said I seem more comfortable with myself. Which makes sense since I know what to expect. Physically I have had a baby and that makes you much more comfortable with your body since it has put everything out there for everyone to see anyways, so there isn't much to be uncomfortable about. At the same time, I know I can get back into shape after a pregnancy, so that makes it easier to accept myself too. 

He also said I tend to get frustrated more quickly. Which is a very fair statement to make, since our lives are definitely much busier this time around and I don't always get the rest my body feels it needs. That is definitely the story of our lives for the foreseeable future.

This little buy is busy, busy all the time! He kicks a lot, but still not for anyone else! On Dylan and I's little get away last weekend, I got a massage and he was completely still when she was anywhere near my belly. So I think he will be a lot like Vander in that sense! Vander would mostly only kick for his daddy and a couple times for my mom and sister. 

My internal furnace kicked on this week. Just in time for Winter, so that works! It will come in handy when I don't feel like wearing a coat. Really though, it is kind of annoying, since I kind of like wearing boots in the Winter and need to when it is snowy out, but it is too hot to keep them on all day at work. I guess I will just bring a second pair of shoes to work. 

As of the end of the week we have four months until our due date! 
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